Regan is a private investigator. She was hired to find a family member who is needed to attend a wedding that takes place in just three days. This family is under the impression that they will receive their long overdo inheritance from the bride as long as everyone is at the wedding. Regan is at the bed and breakfast that the family now owns and runs when Freshness, the missing relative, comes walking in. However, Freshness ends up missing again the following day. Regan feels there is a connection between the missing girl and a guest at the resort. She also finds out that the guest at the resort knows the husband to be.
This report prepared by Sherrie L. Jones
Scribner, Sep 2002, 23.00, 264 pp.
Regan Reilly and her boy friend Jack “not related” Reilly visit the California wine country until he has to return to his work as the head of the NYPD Major Cases Squad. Private sleuth Regan goes back to her office in Los Angeles. Almost the moment she arrives at work, Regan receives a call from the Weldon siblings, who she met when she and Jack toured their winery. Apparently their ninety-six going on ninety-three years old stepmother, former silent screen star Lucretia Standish, is getting married once again. If the Weldon trio plus the daughter of one of them all attend the ceremony, Lucretia will give them two million dollars each; if even one fails to show up they receive zero. The Weldons hire Regan to find the daughter off on one of her vanishing act weekends.
Regan begins investigating and receives help from Jack via email. However, the forty something groom has other plans for his fiancee's money, which include leaving the Weldons with nothing. If it means killing a detective to insure a Weldon fails to appear so be it.
JINXED is an action-packed thriller that moves at the speed of light, which leads to a fun time for the audience if one does not mind escapist cerebral cotton candy. The story line is fluff yet the audience will enjoy every page of it and most will finish in one sitting. Regan is a wonderful protagonist while readers will find the antics of the support cast quite pleasant and amusing. Carol Higgins Clark does what she does best entertain her fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner